Scores

Final

Alabama 38

(4-6, 2-4 SEC)

Mississippi St 0

(2-7, 1-4 SEC)

12:30 PM ET, November 8, 2003

Davis Wade Stadium, STARKVILLE, MS

1 2 3 4 T
ALA 14 10 0 1438
MSST 0 0 0 00

ALABAMA 38, MISSISSIPPI ST 0

STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Brodie Croyle threw three touchdown passes in the first half as Alabama snapped a four-game Southeastern Conference losing streak with a 38-0 rout of Mississppi State.

Alabama posted its first shutout in Starkville since 1990 and sixth overall here. The Crimson Tide were tied with the Bulldogs for last place in the SEC West but quickly built a big lead.

Croyle, who completed just 9-of-14 passes, connected with Zach Fletcher on an 86-yard score less than two minutes into the game. Just under two minutes later, Alabama (4-6, 2-4 SEC West) doubled its lead as Croyle found Tyrone Prothro for a 17-yard TD.

Prothro's TD was set up by a defense that limited the Bulldogs (2-7, 1-4 SEC West) to just 152 yards and picked off Kevin Fant twice. Fant's first interception gave the Crimson Tide excellent field position at the Bulldog 33 and, after Shaud Williams ran twice, Prothro scored.

Brian Bostick added a 38-yard field goal and Fletcher hauled in a 32-yard TD pass as Alabama took a 24-0 advantage into the locker room.

Williams, the SEC's leading rusher, gained 89 yards on 25 carries. He also had a three-yard TD run just 2:10 into the second half as Alabama posted its most lopsided win under first-year coach Mike Shula and 70th over the Bulldogs, which is the school's most against any opponent.

The Bulldogs lost their third in a row since coach Jackie Sherill announced his retirement. They have been outscored 125-30 since the winningest coach in school history decided to end his 13-year tenure.

Sherill, who is 75-72-2 with the Bulldogs and 180-117-4 overall, finishes his career at Tennessee and Arkansas before returning home to face intrastate rival Mississippi.

Sherill's Bulldogs beat Alabama three straight times from 1996-98 but have lost the last three meetings. They suffered their first home loss to the Crimson Tied since 1994.

Fant completed 14-of-29 passes but also endured four sacks.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ALA
MSST
1st Downs1910
Total Yards401152
Passing211128
Rushing19024
Penalties9-718-78
3rd Down Conversions7-142-12
4th Down Conversions2-20-1
Turnovers12
Possession34:1525:45

Passing Leaders

AlabamaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Penningt...1/22814.000-
Croyle9/1418313.131-
Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
York1/12828.000-
Fant14/291003.402-

Rushing Leaders

AlabamaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams25893.6114
Hudson12796.6012
Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Conner12424.0024
Norwood591.806

Receiving Leaders

AlabamaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fletcher211859.0286
McLain23417.0028
Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Scott55511.0029
Conner22713.5020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERALAMSST
TD13:19ZACH FLETCHER 86 YD PASS FROM BRODIE CROYLE (BRIAN BOSTICK KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 80 yards.
70
TD11:28TYRONE PROTHRO 17 YD PASS FROM BRODIE CROYLE (BRIAN BOSTICK KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 33 yards.
140
SECOND QUARTERALAMSST
FG10:35BRIAN BOSTICK 38 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 30 yards.
170
TD5:22ZACH FLETCHER 32 YD PASS FROM BRODIE CROYLE (BRIAN BOSTICK KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 47 yards.
240
FOURTH QUARTERALAMSST
TD12:50SHAUD WILLIAMS 3 YD RUN (BRIAN BOSTICK KICK)
Drive info: 15 plays, 88 yards.
310
TD1:19TIM CASTILLE 6 YD RUN (BRIAN BOSTICK KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 43 yards.
380